Parliament lies in the heart of British politics. Yet calls for parliamentary reform – of both the House of Commons and House of Lords – have been frequent, and both chambers have often been accused of weakness. The Unit's research has investigated possible reforms to both chambers, as well as the effects of reforms that have previously taken place. In addition, much of our recent work has focused on parliament's impact on policy.
The Constitution Unit's work on Parliament is led by Professor Meg Russell
Ongoing research on the strength, legitimacy, influence and membership of the House of Lords, including a record of all defeats in the Lords from 2005 to present. You can also view our record of all government defeats in the House of Lords.
This project considers the role of MP's staff in parliament, their employment conditions, and whether they are descriptively representative of the UK's population.
A major research project on the legislative process which considers the impact of parliament on legislation before and after coalition government.
Ever since the establishment of the devolved assemblies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the late 1990s some have proposed that England too should have a parliament of its own.
Research into the House of Commons' use of financial privilege against amendments passed to legislation in the Lords.
Meg Russell's comparative project on the role and operation of Legislative Committees.
A collaboration between Constitution Unit and Select Committee staff which analysed the impact of committee inquiries and recommendations.